State Department Working With ATF Canine Branch to Combat Wildlife Trafficking
|Front Royal, Virginia
November 12, 2008
On November 12th, Claudia A. McMurray, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science, was extensively briefed and toured the facilities of the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Canine Branch of the National Center for Explosives Training and Research (ATF-NCETR) in Front Royal, Virginia. ATF-NCETR trains canines (Labrador Retrievers) for U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies to detect explosives. The Center’s techniques could be used in launching a successful pilot program using sniffer dogs to identify smugglers of illegal wildlife. This would be an important addition to the work of the Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking, a global initiative the Department of State began in 2005. Wildlife trafficking - the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products - is a soaring black market worth an estimated $10 billion a year.
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